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If you run KDE, you aren't just stuck with the standard "kicker" panel to operate as your app launcher and taskbar. There are a bunch of nice panel replacements that will spice up your desktop nicely. The ones that I've used and tested are kooldock, kxdocker and the nkotb kiba-dock (NB. the only place with anything useful on that site is the forum). So, what do these docks do, and what's cool about them?

KOOLDOCK

his one's been around for a while. It has basick functionality, and works well, however, when compared to the other two we're going to look at, it just doesn't that "wow" factor. It provides app launchers, and a taskbar. It will autohide, if that is required, and has a reasonable amount of configuration. You can drag and drop launcher icons from your kmenu, or manually add icons. It supports true translucency on a compiz/beryl desktop, which is nice and the animation is nice enough.

KIBA-DOCK

iba-dock has got all the kids talking. It is a dock much like the other docks referred to here, but is developed with xgl/aiglx in mind. But that's not the coolest part. The coolest part is that it has a physics engine built into it.

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